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record temperatures tonight. we'll talk about that in a bit. let's check the roads with kim. >> the outer loop of the beltway, no problems, however, a couple of incidents that has road closed in specific areas, park heights closed in both directions because of an accident. we're also working a crash, russell and west lee street. and 95 in the rossville area, all the inner loop lanes are closed due to construction. they will reopen probably later in the 5:00 hour this morning. back to you. it's 5:00. we have an abc2 news exclusive to start your tuesday. you wake up, you get ready for work. you head to your car only to find that someone crashed into it while you were asleep. people living in one northwest baltimore neighborhood say enough is enough. abc2 news linda so is live where this is happening. >> reporter: it happened right up the street. you can see we're on park heights avenue. where the cop car is, is where
the accident happened. people who live in the neighborhood tell us it happens too often. let's look at video shot by our overnight photographer pete "on the street" o'neill. we're told the man who was driving an suv lost control and crashed into several parked cars. that driver had to be cut out of his car. he later died. it all happened around 2:30 this morning in the 3400 block of park heights avenue. we're joined by ojedo, a person who lives on this street and heard it all happen. thank you for joining us. tell us what you heard and saw overnight. >> well, doing what i do best sometimes, eat late at night and watch "sportscenter" and i heard a terrible noise. terrible. i said i hope it's not armegeddon already. i heard bending of medal. it was a guardrail. so i quickly got up, looked out my window and saw tumbling down the street.
just tumbling. as it ripped up the guardrails it hit four cars. already the roof of the car was already gone so they didn't really so to cut too much -- really have to cut too much off. so i dialed 911. as i looked up and -- looking down, rather, i couldn't see the body. so i was like, oh, my goodness -- >> reporter: you said this type of thing is a concern for a lot of people who live on this street, why? >> because of the curve and the speeding. most people can't handle the curves. i'm just glad -- i'm not glad that anything that happened to the person, that unfortunately died but i'm glad it was not in the daytime. you have kids around, you have guys drive by on dirt bikes, things like that. i'm just very glad that nobody was outside. >> reporter: sure, thank you so much for joining us.
that was very helpful. again, neighbors on the street tell us they have been trying to get something done, perhaps light or speed bump put in on the road so drivers will slow down but so far have not had any luck with that. live in northwest baltimore, linda so, abc2 news. 5:02. he's not old enough to drive a car but prosecutors say he's old enough to know what he did. a 15-year-old will face a judge in just a few hours in a gang-related death of another 14-year-old child but he's not the only one in legal trouble in this matter. sherrie johnson is here to explain what is expected to take place this morning. >> reporter: court is supposed to start about 9:00 this morning and when it does a 15-year-old will face a judge. trey robinson is accused of killing 14-year-old christopher jones, jones was attacked while riding his bike in his crofton neighborhood last may. police say it stemmed from a gang-related rivalry even though christopher wasn't in a gang. sources tell abc2 news that robinson is expected to plead
guilty to manslaughter as a juvenile. we spoke to jones' mother in june about one of the teen suspects' violent record. >> it's upsetting. it's disgusting but we're going to try these kids criminally. once they are charged with manslaughter, and we go after them civilly i will be the advocate on behalf of these other mothers and other kids to prevent this from happening again in the future. >> reporter: a co-defendant, 16-year-old javel george, is charged as an adult. he goes on trial in october. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. we have a new study by the baltimore health department and sheds light on a series issue facing the city. it addresses crimes like the one that happened last month of the shooting of a 5-year-old girl. according to police the child was shot by a 17-year-old with a long history of violence. the study says many of the offenders begin showing signs of trouble as early as age 6 and are involved in the juvenile system by age 13. lamarshields, president of the
urban leadership institute was not surprised by the findings. >> we don't have a youth problem. we have an adult problem. the adults know what is going on, we allow this nonsense to take place because many of us are afraid of our children. >> shields says without more early intervention, programs for kids, the violence will continue. a story about two teens on the right track, had everything going for them. over the weekend killed in a car crash. a truck driven by a baltimore city police officer skidded off i-81 in pennsylvania, down an embankment. the officer's son and son's girlfriend were both killed. both teens graduated from overly high school this past june. jones and tucker. jones was a star linebacker and running back for overlea. jones' dad and girlfriend were visiting him over the weekend. all three on their way back to
baltimore when the crash happened. last night hundreds of mourners came together to remember the couple who many say were meant for one another. >> my nephew was silly, goofy. she was silly, goofy, right along with him. they were crazy about each other. >> and this morning officer mike jones senior is in shock trauma listed in serious condition. funeral arrangements haven't been announced but family members said that mike jones jr. and shaniqua taylor will be buried close to one another. the latest on the massive wildfire around the los angeles area. thousands of firefighters are trying to get the upper hand on the fires. we have new video from overnight. of what fire crews are dealing with this morning. the fire has scorched almost 90,000 acres and is now threatening more homes and lives. the air quality is so poor that people are nearly choking on the smoke. the fires are also burning
close to the hollywood sign which can barely be seen due to all the heavy smoke. flash floods soaked carroll county last week. >> stay with us because we're going to tell you about the damage it caused at one camp and the help that the camp leaders are looking for. plus, a massive hurricane is cutting through the pacific ocean and that could impact mexico's baja, california, peninsula. 58 degrees. justin berk will have a full check of the forecast. is there a warm-up on the way? and here's mark with the mta report. >> the commute start is good on marc. no delays reported on the camden, penn, or brunswick lines. light rail and metro subway on time. buses, 15 diverted at saratoga and greene, due to a watermain break repair. outside of that, just a heavy volume on the 15, 13 and 5 bus lines. for the mta transit team, i'm mark jones.
did you see the moon this morning? >> wasn't that something? >> it was orange. gorgeous. >> what did you say? big and fat? >> big, fat moon. i guess we can pull out the sweaters. summer's over. >> it's chilly in the studio anyway. >> my wife is seven months pregnant, 40 something degrees in my house and all the windows are open. why is that? good morning to you. let's take you outside.
we are nearby in baltimore county where it is 54 in owings mills. also cromwell valley in towson. dundalk 58. same at umbc in catonsville. official numbers, ranging from 46 in york, back towards oakland at 46. we have 58-degree reading officially in baltimore but it does drop down on the eastern shore to 54 in easton. generally clear skies, mid-50s to a high of 75 this afternoon. good-looking day. you'll just have to carry that jacket on the way home. 5:111. here's kim. >> no problems to report on the west side of the beltway. things are running smoothly from 795 down to the route 70 interchange. a couple of incidents though in the city that has park heights avenue closed in both directions between hillendale and reisterstown road. try reisterstown road as your alternate. russell street at west lee street, reported as a vehicle fire. a to -- tow truck is on scene. and rossville, 695, inner loop
lanes closed. there are signs posted for the detour. jfx at north avenue, traffic moving smoothly in both directions. back to you. 5:11. still ahead -- he walked into his home to find his entire family dead. you're going to hear the frantic 911 calls from a georgia man and his neighbor. and is trenton, new jersey, becoming the new crocodile isle? sounds ridiculous but we'll show you the unsuspecting addition to a park lake, happening there. coming up. hearts happy...
cheerios. how can something so little... ...help you do something so big. welcome back. tough times at 5:14. almost 5:15. imagine going to a bank and hearing the dreadful words "insufficient funds." and your your bank that has gone belly up. that recently happened to hundreds of marylanders who bank with bradford. as jeff hager tells us, after federal regulators seized the bank on friday its nine local branches tried to maintain business as usual. >> reporter: driving by its main branch in towson you couldn't spot any panic in the customers coming and going from bradford bank but there is some uncertainty. >> i actually closed my account today. just moving to a more convenient location. >> reporter: signs of the century-old one will be soon
replaced by m & t bank but for the ombudsman for fdic, says bradford account holders will still be able to conduct business as usual. >> they can continue to use our atm cards, write checks, continue to make loan payments. they need to continue to do all the business they have always transacted with the bank. >> reporter: the fdic took over the bank after failed loans stripped it of the money it needed to continue to operate safely. m & t bank agreed to assume its deposits and assets. >> i wasn't aware of it until two days later. it concerned me a little but i have a lot of faith in the fdic. m & t is a good bank so maybe it's better. >> reporter: the president of mt's mid-atlantic division says it will be bigger and better. since former bradford customers will soon have access to more branches and atm machines than any other bank can provide in the region. >> jeff, they will have access to over 300m & t branches as
well as 740 mt atm facilities. and this is the largest branch and atm network in the baltimore-washington baltimore-washington corridor. >> reporter: former bred far cucht -- customers can use their atm cards at many locations starting this thursday, september 3rd. jeff hager, abc2 news. >> m & t will keep the nine bradford branches open for now with all services coming on line in four to six weeks. in carroll county they are calling it the worst flooding they've seen in 35 years. several acres of land at this ground were swallowed up by friday's flash floods and now directors are asking for your help. this is youtube video shot by one of the camp directors, shows the flooding at the river valley ranch in manchester. when the water subsided two hours later the camp suffered $200,000 worth of damage including wiped opened bridge
foundations -- wiped out bridge foundations and home ruined by three feet of water. >> within five minutes it came from the bank to the house. that's when we knew it was time to go. >> the campers were here, doing activities down here by the rivers. >> the christian camp founded by john bessett, the grandfather in 1952. directors are looking for skilled builders to help them repair the bridges and home. to help, go to abc2news.com. we have all the information there. she is roaring. you're looking here at forecasters that say hurricane jimena is now nearing category 5 status, the most dangerous type of storm. with top winds now near 155 miles per hour it could rake mexico's baja, california, peninsula, by late tonight. emergency workers there have begun evacuating some 10,000 people already from the region. justin?
5:18. we're going to start with the almanac and look at the hurricane in a moment. it's the first day of september, 61 in the morning is where we belong. 82 in the afternoon. we're below normal this morning but the record 53 probably not going to be challenged considering that we're in the mid to upper 50s now. but we may actually get the record tomorrow morning, talk about that in a moment. 58 baltimore, though 40s not that far away. back crossing the mountains into western pennsylvania, western maryland and even pointed out earlier in through york county. 58 under clear skies, we've taken that old frontal boundary, shoving it farther across the mid-atlantic, looks like the outer banks still getting rain and clouds from that system. but let's take our focus off the east coast, shift it across the nation, to the other side of mexico, the pacific ocean there, there's baja, california, that is part of mexico. and there is hurricane jimena,
155 mile-per-hour winds, on the threshold of cat 4, cat 5 this track is interesting for two things. number one, it will clip a good portion of the resort area of california with category 4 and 3 storms at landfall expected. generally, by the end of the week we expect it to make its way across the border in in through arizona but the cone also takes moisture in through southern california. could be great news for them. they need the moisture to help fight the fires in southern california. 75 today and comfortable. today record low possibly 50. that would tie the mark set back in 1892. we have a smooth ride on southbound 83 from the pennsylvania state line headed to the beltway. here's the west side of the beltway running very smoothly in both directions. if you're traveling in the city, keep in mind that park heights avenue remains closed in both directions between hillendale avenue and reisterstown road as police wrap up that crash scene. and that incident russell street at west lee street, that
is actually a vehicle fire, there's a tow truck on scene, it should clean up soon. and 695 and 95 in the rossville area, inner loop lanes closed for the overnight construction project. that should be picked up in the next 20 minutes. jfx at 41st street, traffic looks good in both directions. jamie and megan? back to you. a kid -- i just came home and his whole family is dead. >> how many people? your dad, who else? >> my -- my uncle! my cousin! >> you're listening to the frantic 911 calls to dispatchers after a georgia man came home to find his entire family dead. in all eight people were murdered including a young man with down syndrome. police say while they continue to investigate the 12-minute call offers few details about the crime that has much of the coastal georgia area on edge. one person did survive this. tense moments for a handful of parents and day care workers in washington state.
an suv crashed into a day care. officials said most of the injuries appeared to be just bumps and bruises but -- none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. no word yet on the truck that crashed into the building or whether charges will be filed. they are everywhere along the gulf coast. even the carolinas. what about gators in the garden state? the five-foot reptile spotted over the weekend by people who frequent the park. pearly and willie moore of trenton have been coming to the lake for years, now on alert and willie is carrying a ski pole in case he has to get a whack. >> we don't want him to get hungry and have us for lunch. >> the gator can be found off of exit -- you know, there has to be an exit. state fish and wildlife biologists are hoping to set a trap. made its way all the way to jersey. >> i think i would find a new
park to stroll in. if you're going with a stick. stay with us. just a few weeks ago a driver crashed into a couple of parked cars. now this. >> this time it's a deadly crash. the driver took out several cars as well. i'm linda so live in northwest baltimore. i'll tell what you unfolded on this street. coming up.
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waiting for the iphone to come to your cell phone company. a top analyst is predicting at & t will lose its exclusive deal to sell the iphone by the end of next year. selling the phone through several carriers could help iphone sales explode. meanwhile, apple has sent out invitations for a big event next week. its music theme which almost certainly means new i-pods. video game makers looking to appeal to a much broader audience. one of the newest examples, a game for 'tween and teen girls called the click, disk and make up. based on the popular series. rachel fishman from parenting.com tested it. >> it's about social life and high school. girls play and are ranked and you move up in the ranks based on your ability to gossip, befriend the right people, wear the right thing. it's a fun game but it's silly. but for girls who lack confidence it might be fun to master a social association and to win a game. that they are in charge of.
then takes that confidence into school >> the game is only available for the nintendo ds handheld console. a gps device might not only save you from getting lost, it may save you time. a study conducted by a digital map maker claims drivers using a gps with tracking information take 18% less time to get to places, that could add up to four days over the course of a year. finally, fans of the material girl can get a free copy of the video for her single today. madonna's "celebration" available on i-tunes as a free download for 48 hours starting today. it's for her new best of album due out at the end of the month. for information on all these stories log on to the technology page of abcnews.com. those are your "tech bytes." i'm vinita nair.